Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach believes people have become more sensitive about giving their opinion about physical appearances.
“I think the good news is that compared to the years back, we have been more forgiving.
“Nakita ko rin naman and aware na rin naman yung mga tao na body-shaming is never okay.
“People have started to be nicer. I noticed that na rin naman.
“Nakita na rin naman natin, marami nang nag-start ng mga movement na ganito.
"Mga advocacy na anti-body-shaming, ganyan,” said the 28-year-old Pinay beauty queen last Sunday, March 11, at the press conference of her upcoming movie My Perfect You.
Pia said this is one of the positive effects of speaking up against body-shamers.
She continued, “Nakikita natin na more and more people realized it's really unnecessary to pull a person down just because of how they look.
“Sometimes it's even more unfair if they can't control it or it's out of their control.
“Nakikita ko na nababawasan na rin naman yung mga so-called bashers with regards to body-shaming.”
However, Pia rued the fact that there are still a few netizens who criticize celebrities and beauty queens for what they perceive to be physical flaws.
The Kapamilya actress said, “I understand that it's still there, lalo na sa pageant world, nandiyan pa rin 'yan.
“It's really up to the girls on how are they gonna handle that kind of situation.
“Are you gonna take this as a challenge, na parang, 'Okay, I really do need to improve.
"'I'll do something about it' or are you gonna let it pull you down.'
“Hindi natin makokontrol ang sinasabi ng mga tao, pero makokontrol natin yung the way we act.”
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ON DEALING WITH BASHERS. Meanwhile, Pia said she has learned how to deal with bashers.
“Ngayon, hindi ko na lang talaga pinapansin,” she said.
“I always tell myself that if it comes from people that I don't really know, it shouldn't affect me.
“If it comes from people I respect, I should listen.
“So, if it comes from someone, say my mentors or my mom, makikinig ako.
“Pero if it's just somebody who wants to throw stones at me, then there's no way... I'll just to ignore it.”
She even thanked her years of experience in beauty pageants for making her tougher.
Pia related, “So far, I think I've been good at handling that and just really knowing myself.
"And knowing na kung wala naman akong ibang taong sinasaktan, I don't talk ill about other people.
"I don't wish ill about other people, then I don't have anything to worry about.
“People will always have something to say, but ganun talaga.
“If I know myself and alam kong wala akong ginagawang masama sa ibang tao, hindi na lang ako magpapaapekto.
“Lalo na sa pageant world... Napakahirap din sa pageant world, the way you're criticized talagang nitpicking.
"I think na-train na rin ako diyan in some way.
“Alam mo nung nanalo ako, nanalo nga ako at minahal ako ng Philippines.
"But na-hate naman ako ng Colombia.
“Merong ganun, you can't please everyone. But I've accepted that already.”